Key ISIS financial facilitator killed in Syria airstrike
Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi, key ISIS financial facilitator, killed by U.S.-led international coalition.
The United States-led international coalition killed a key Islamic State (ISIS) financial facilitator in an airstrike in Syria, the U.S. Department of Defense said on Friday.
The attack took place on June 16 in in Abu Kamal, according to the announcement.
It killed Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi, a Syrian native and an experienced terrorist financial facilitator, who moved millions of dollars for the terror organization’s attack and logistics network.
Al-Rawi owned the Hanifa Currency Exchange in Abu-Kamal, which he used along with a network of global financial contacts to move money into and out of ISIS-controlled territory and across borders on behalf of the group, according to the statement.
The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on al-Rawi and his company, Hanifa Currency Exchange’s branch in Abu Kamal, in December of 2016.
Al-Rawi pledged loyalty to ISIS in 2014 and used his network of global financial contacts to help ISIS conduct weapons and ammunition deals at a time when the terrorist group was seizing land and committing atrocities across Syria and Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.
In 2015, he facilitated ISIS financial transactions and money storage, including payments to ISIS foreign terrorist fighters; his property was also used by senior ISIS leaders for weekly meetings. As of May 2016, he was considered an ISIS finance emir, whose money exchange business was used for ISIS-related transactions.
Al-Rawi becomes the latest ISIS member to have been killed in Iraq and Syria. Earlier this week, U.S.-led coalition forces said they killed the group’s chief cleric, Turki Al-Binali, in a Syria airstrike last month.
Al-Binali, who called himself “Grand Mufti,” was reportedly killed in an airstrike on May 31 in Mayadin.
The cleric’s main role was recruiting extremists and causing terrorist attacks across the globe. Al-Binali, who has been the group’s chief cleric since 2014, supplied propaganda encouraging murder and other atrocious acts.
Last month, the Syrian army said it had killed ISIS’s “minister of war”, Abu Musab al-Masri. A previous ISIS minister of war, Abu Omar al-Shishani, was killed last year. The Pentagon said Shishani was likely to have been killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria.
Also last month, deputy ISIS leader Ayad al-Jumaili was killed in an air strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria.